Moustaches have gone out of fashion these days. Men either keep a stubble look or simply shave their faces clean. But, no one can deny that moustaches have played an important role in molding the history of the world. There have been ‘evil’ moustaches, and there have moustaches which set a fashion trend. Many famous men have been known for their moustaches almost as much as for their deeds. These men came to be recognized for that bush of hair between their nose and upper lip in a way that had they shaved them clean, it might have been difficult to recognize them. There’s a long list of such men, but here are top 10 notable people who you might fail to identify without their moustache.
10. Saddam Hussain:
A symbol of machismo of Iraq, Saddam Hussain was the fifth President of the country, who ruled the country till his capture in 2003. Many identify his style of moustache as one of most evil ones. He is alleged to have gassed his own people, and lead genocidal campaigns against Iraqi kurds, killing more than a million of his own people before the US invasion of Iraq.
9. Wyatt Earp:
The pictures of Wyatt Earp, as we see them today, portray him with a handlebar moustache. The moustache has derived its name from its resemblance to the handlebars of a bicycle. He was a Kansas City policeman, gunfighter, gambler, farmer, miner and many other things. They say his moustache was such a bad-ass; it could elicit fear from even the most ferocious cowboys in the country.
8. Joseph Stalin:
One of history’s greatest dictators, Joseph Stalin had an impressive personality, and many still believe think was because of his moustache. Surpringly, he was barely over five feet in height, but everything in his personality was overpowered by the moustache that never let him look sullen, short or not imposing enough. Along with the rest of his body, Stalin’s moustache has also been preserved in perpetuity in a museum in Russia even to the present day.
7. Friedrich Nietzsche:
The man who sports the perfect Walrus Moustache was Friedrich Neitzsche. He was famous German philosopher, poet, composer and more. Not only did his work bring him recognition, his revolutionary whiskers played an equally important role in creating his legendary image. He grew his moustache the way he thought was fit, and not the way the litterateurs around him expected to. He truly lived by the philosophy of existentialism, which he propagated.
Adolf Hitler sported the Toothbrush Moustache, also comically worn by the character of Charlie Chaplin. Short, dark and tightly trimmed, the moustache has become synonymous as the ‘Hitler Style’ moustache. Recently it has been revealed that Hitler did not intentionally sport it, but he was made to trim it so that it would fit under the respiratory mask. This later became his trademark. It is extremely rare to see a European or an American wear this kind of a moustache because these societies identify it with the evils associated with Hitler.
5. Mark Twain:
One of the world’s greatest humorist and satirist, Mark Twain’s wit was written on his moustaches. Sporting a moustache that resembles the Walrus style, Twain had a rather fuzzy face. In totality, when one looks at his face, with his over grown eyebrows and bushy mustaches, it reminds you how a perfect idealist should look like, all brazened up.
4. Albert Einstein:
One look at Albert Einstein and you can tell he was one of those people who were never concerned about their personal appearance. His unkempt hair and his overgrown moustache became his trade mark. And, while he spent an awful amount of time in digging up concepts of physics, he hardly attended to his looks. He’s been often called the Mad Scientist, one of the most famous absent minded professors.
3. Genghis Khan:
Every historical painting depicts this Mongol great wearing a pencil thin moustache. Genghis Khan, the 12th century warrior ruler, still remains the only man in history to have conquered and ruled over the largest territory by size. The Mongol empire under Genghis Khan and his sons still remains the largest contiguous empire in history. The world feared his wrath and local legends of the places he conquered say that the appearance of the mustachioed Genghis on his horse meant the end of that empire. Several paintings of the leader show him with a different look, but what remains constant is the moustache.
2. Teddy Roosevelt:
The 26th President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt sported a bushy and heavy moustache all his life. With the passage of time, his bristle moustache became prodigious and became the only moustache to be featured on the Mount Rushmore. Some even say that the Roosevelt had only one pleasant thing, and that was his moustache.
It is surprising that the exact appearance of the writer, whose vivid descriptions have made every feature of his characters crystal clear, remains a mystery. No one knows Shakespeare’s exact complexion, facial features, height or weight. But universally accepted images depicting him show Shakespeare with a receding hairline and a neatly kept but droopy moustache.